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Connecting Canadians – Digital Canada 150

Connecting Canadians – Digital Canada 150
Homes Cost
2014 Commitments: 280,000 $305 million
2015 Results: 356,000+ $185 million

Source: Industry Canada

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Spectrum Distribution

In 2006, incumbents held 98% of wireless spectrum. In 2015, new competitors hold 25%.

Source: Industry Canada

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Last year, Canada implemented one of the strongest anti-spam laws in the world, CASL.

Results: A 37% reduction in spam originating from Canada

Spam Reporting Centre Stats:

Between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015:

Source: Government of Canada Spam Reporting Centre,

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The Digital Privacy Act became law on June 18, 2015.


  • Requires companies to inform Canadians if their personal information has been lost or stolen
  • Creates stronger privacy protections for vulnerable Canadians, particularly children
  • Streamlines rules for business
  • Gives the privacy commissioner of Canada new tools to enforce the law

Source: Industry Canada

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Canada's digital media sector employs 52,000 professionals.

Source: The Canadian Digital Media Network, Canadian Digital Media Trends by the Numbers – April 2015

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Makers of 75,000 device models in Canada can use e-labelling to:

  • Cut regulatory Red tape
  • Get devices to market quicker

Source: Industry Canada

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The Marrakesh Treaty will give Canadians with print disabilities increased access to 285,000 adapted books.

Source: Industry Canada

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Mobile apps are becoming the preferred means of accessing and consuming digital products and services.

Canada's app economy: approximately 51,700 Canadians are employed directly and indirectly in the development of mobile apps.

Total direct employment: 41,300; total indirect employment: 10,400.

51,700 Canadians employed by app economy.

Source: Information and Communications Technology Council (October 2012), Employment, Investment, and Revenue in the Canadian App Economy

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The Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) is an intense 48-hour coding sprint.

There are more than 200,000 federal datasets accessible in Canada's Open Government portal (

During the 2015 CODE Hackathon:

  • 1,300 participants from coast to coast to coast
  • 125 apps created
  • 300 teams across the country, making code 2015 the largest hackathon in Canadian history


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The television industry as a whole spent $2.7 billion on Canadian programming, 16% of which was spent on programs of national interest such as dramas, comedies, award shows and documentaries.

Source: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Communications Monitoring Report 2014

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The Memory Project

Through the Historica Canada Memory Project, veterans and Canadian Forces personnel have shared their stories of service with more than 1.5 million Canadians.

  • Arthur Webster and group with tanks
  • Having fun during a break from the course on the use of gas masks, Chilliwack, British Columbia, January 1945
  • VE Day 1945


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